Erica grew up between Grantsville and Elizabeth, WV. While attending Wirt County High School, she was an active member of FFA and 4-H. Her projects included producing and selling produce and small live stock to sell at the local farmers market and during the annual county fair. After graduating high school, she moved to Huntington, WV in 2007 to pursue a degree in Graphic Design and Multimedia. While studying at Marshall University, she discovered her ambition for knowledge and leadership. In 2009, she enlisted in the US Air Force and served for 6 years at the 130th Airlift Wing in Charleston, WV.
After completing her service in the Air Force, Erica decided to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer for 2015-2016. She worked with several partners to develop the Recipe Challenge cookbook during her service as a VISTA volunteer. As Project Coordinator she became the organization’s first official employee in 2018.
In her current position as Development Manager, Erica manages the organization’s day to day operations and programing. She acts as a liaison between farmers markets, producers and partnering organizations across the state, assessing and addressing their needs and offering solutions.